We are pleased to announce that Potentia, the graduate student journal of the University of Ottawa’s Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS), is accepting submissions for our 2024 edition.

This year’s journal will follow an open theme, allowing for the exploration of a wide array of topics related to international affairs. You are free to submit your paper on your choice of topic. Our editorial team is particularly interested in submissions relevant to international affairs in all interdisciplinary perspectives and various areas of focus for this edition, including but not limited to conflict and climate change governance, labour migration and citizenship, the rise of new regionalism, and the rise of the global alt-right and conservative movements.

We are seeking submissions that critically engage contemporary issues in international affairs, with consideration particularly for pieces that make use of creatively adapted theoretical frameworks. Given the journal’s interdisciplinary nature, we are seeking submissions from a wide array of disciplines, including but not limited to international relations, political science, criminology, economics, history, law, sociology, business, global public policy, and gender studies.

Submissions will be assessed based on originality, depth, and relevance.

Both master’s and doctoral level students are encouraged to submit manuscripts in either French or English. Early submissions are encouraged.

Guidelines for submissions:

Potentia welcomes five types of submissions:

  • Research articles (should not exceed 8,000 words in length, including in-text citations and the reference list);
  • Book reviews (800 to 1,000 words) of work published in 2022, 2023, and 2024;
  • Policy briefs (should not exceed 1,500 words);
  • Creative submissions (800 to 1,000 words or the equivalent length/space);
  • Reflections or research notes (800 to 1,000 words).

Submissions must include a 100 to 200-word abstract, 3 to 5 keywords, and a 100-word author biography. Submissions can be made here. Submissions are limited to one submission per person.

Citations must follow the APA style. The deadline for submissions is on June 1st, 2024, at 11:59PM EDT.

For more information regarding the journal or the submission process, please contact our editors-in-chief, Devon Cantwell-Chavez, Liam Richardson, and Anna Soer at [email protected]. If you would like to provide a general pitch of your idea for submission or ask questions about the publishing and review process, we encourage you to also reach out.


About Potentia 

Potentia: Journal of International Affairs is a scholarly journal which focuses on showcasing the work of graduate students from across Canada and abroad.  Managed by students from the University of Ottawa with support from the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), Potentia provides a space for the rigorous academic analysis of contemporary international challenges and discussion of possible policy alternatives.


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